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Adam Mendelsohn

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture

Address: Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center, 96 Wentworth Street, Room 212
Phone: 843.953.2036

Adam D. Mendelsohn specializes in the history of Anglophone Jewish communities in the period prior to eastern European mass migration. He is the author of The Rag Race, which will be published in 2014, about Jewish involvement in the clothing trade in the United States and the British Empire in the nineteenth century. 



PhD Modern Jewish History, Brandeis University

MA University of Cape Town

BA (Hons) University of Cape Town


Research Interests

American Jewish history, Jews in the British Empire


Courses taught

American Jewish history

Southern Jewish History

African Americans and Jews from Slavery to Civil Rights

Jews and Race


Honors and Awards

Wasserman Prize for best article in American Jewish History

Quadrennial Prize for best article in Southern Jewish History

Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies 2008-9


Recent publications

Transnational Traditions: New Perspectives on American Jewish History,  co-edited with Ava F. Kahn (Wayne State University Press, 2014)

Jews and the Civil War, co-edited with Jonathan Sarna (New York University Press, May 2010)

“Great Britain, the Commonwealth and Anglophone Jewry”, Cambridge History of Judaism vol. 8 (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

“From Moses to Moses:  Jews, Clothing and Colonial Commercein Adam Teller and Rebecca Kobrin, eds., Purchasing Power: The Economics of Jewish History (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)

“Trading in Torah: Bootleg Bibles and Secondhand Scripture in the Age of European Imperialism” in Sarah Wobick and Gideon Reuveni, eds., The Economy in Jewish History: New Perspectives on the Interrelationship between Ethnicity and Economic Life (Berghahn, 2011)